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Pali Palms / SEZA

© Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi © Vinesh Gandhi + 23

Mumbai, India
  • Architects: SEZA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4550.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

This Street Art Foundation Is Transforming India's Urban Landscape—With the Government's Support

The Origin of the World by Borondo, Lodhi Colony, Delhi. Image © Naman Saraiya
The Origin of the World by Borondo, Lodhi Colony, Delhi. Image © Naman Saraiya

Last month, ArchDaily had an opportunity to speak with Akshat Nauriyal, Content Director at Delhi-based non-profit St+Art India Foundation which aims to do exactly what its name suggests—to embed art in streets. The organization’s recent work in the Indian metropolises of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, has resulted in a popular reclamation of the cities’ civic spaces and a simultaneous transformation of their urban fabric. Primarily working within residential neighborhoods—they are touted with the creation of the country’s first public art district in Lodhi Colony, Delhi—the foundation has also collaborated with metro-rail corporations to enliven transit-spaces. While St+Art India’s experiments are evidently rooted in social activism and urban design, they mark a significant moment in the historic timeline of the application of street art in cities: the initiative involves what it believes to be a first-of-its-kind engagement between street artists and the government.

Artwork by Artez, Hyderabad. Image © Akshat Nauriyal Unusual Usual by Do and Khatra, Hyderabad. Image © Pranav Gohil Gandhi Mural by Hendrik Beikirch and Anpu Varkey, Delhi. Image © Akshat Nauriyal There is Nowhere to Go but Everywhere by Hendrik Beikirch, Delhi. Image © Akshat Nauriyal + 47

Regal Shoes / NUDES

© Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda + 14

Mumbai, India
  • Architects: NUDES
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2750.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

The Shadow House / Samira Rathod Design Associates

© Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner © Edmund Sumner + 39

Mumbai, India

Winners Revealed in Competition to Redesign Mumbai’s Maharashtra Nature Park

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has named the winners of an international competition to redesign the city’s the Maharashtra Nature Park and the pedestrian/cyclist Bridge over the Mithi River. From 30 multi-discplinary teams from around the world, the expert jury selected a longlist of 8 teams, a 4-team shortlist, 2 finalists, and finally, an overall competition winner.

The winning team will now work with the MMRDA to develop their master plan to meet the environmental guidelines and construction regulations required to allow the project to be executed following approval from local authorities.

Is India Building the "Wrong" Sort of Architecture?

This episode of Monocle 24's On Design podcast, which briefly surveys the state of Indian architecture and suggests a blueprint for a 21st Century vernacular, was written and recorded by ArchDaily's European Editor at Large, James Taylor-Foster.

In the first half of 2016 an exhibition was opened in Mumbai. The State of Architecture, as it was known, sought to put contemporary Indian building in the spotlight in order to map trends post-independence and, more importantly, provoke a conversation both historical and in relation to where things are heading.

The Bad Cafe / Nudes

© Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda © Sameer Chawda + 15

Mumbai, India
  • Architects: Nudes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3250.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

The World's Most Creative Neighborhoods: Metropolis Names Mumbai, Lagos and Lisbon Among Top Ten

From Yaba in Lagos to the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai, Metropolis Magazine provides a scenic tour around the world’s “most creative” neighborhoods. Spread across ten rapidly growing cities like Cape Town and Turin, the article provides a comprehensive glimpse into these lesser discussed hubs of creativity.

Woven Thread Pavilion / NUDES

Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES Courtesy of NUDES + 21

Mumbai, India
  • Architects: NUDES
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

ACA's 4th International Design Competition

The Architecture of Boundaries: “The fascination of boundaries lies in their ambivalent role of dividing and connecting at the same time. They mark the transition between different modes of existence. They transmit and control exchange between territories. They are the playground for discovery and conquest." —Richter and Peitgen (1985)

Residential Pavilion / Abraham John Architects

© Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham © Alan Abraham + 15

  • Architects: Abraham John Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 350.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Architecture as an Agent of Change: Remembering Charles Correa, "India's Greatest Architect"

A year ago today, on June 16th 2015, the architectural community lost Charles Correa (b.1930) – a man often referred to as “India’s Greatest Architect” and a person whose impact on the built environment extended far beyond his own native country. Rooted in India, Correa’s work blended Modernity and traditional vernacular styles to form architecture with a universal appeal. Over the course of his career, this work earned him—among many others—awards including the 1984 RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK), the 1994 Praemium Imperiale (Japan), and the 2006 Padma Vibhushan (India’s second highest civilian honor).

Through his buildings we, as both architects and people who experience space, have learnt about the lyrical qualities of light and shade, the beauty that can be found in humble materials, the power of color, and the joy of woven narratives in space. Perhaps more than anything else, however, it was his belief in the notion that architecture can shape society which ensures the continued relevance of his work. “At it’s most vital, architecture is an agent of change,” Correa once wrote. “To invent tomorrow – that is its finest function.”

MIT / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Anton Grassl / ESTO Belapur / Charles Correa Associates. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates Navi Mumbai Masterplan. Image © Charles Correa Associates + 21

CRAFT / Sameep Padora & Associates

Mumbai, India

DIYA / SPASM Design Architects

© Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira © Photographix - Sebastian & Ira + 33

Ahmedabad, India

The Green Acres Academy / Tushar Desai Assosiates

© Photographix India © Photographix India © Photographix India © Photographix India + 27

The Open House / STUDIO Nishita Kamdar

Mumbai, India

© Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia © Kunal Bhatia + 25

Mumbai Plans for World's First Slum Museum

Mumbai, home of 1.5 million person Dharavi slum known to be one of Asia's largest, will soon be host the world's first slum museum. As Smithsonian Magazine reports, the Design Museum Dharavi is being envisioned by Spanish artist Jorge Mañes Rubio to showcase works that “reimagines and revives [forgotten] sites as attention-worthy destinations.”

“Despite the tough conditions [the people of Dharavi] live in, they are capable of creating, designing, manufacturing and commercializing all kinds of goods,” said the museum’s founders. “We believe that the objects made in Dharavi could be as valuable as those collected by design museums.”

Global Design Competition for a Nature Park & Pedestrian Bridge in Mumbai

UPDATE: The submission deadline has been changed to February 7th, 2016.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking for multi-disciplinary design teams that are capable of designing and delivering a technically demanding and environmentally sensitive makeover in the heart of India’s Financial Capital, Mumbai. There are no competition fees to be paid and all submissions will be exclusively done through the competition portal. Five shortlisted entries from the first stage will each receive Rs. 5,00,000 and the eventual winner will receive Rs. 50,00,000 as part of a contract.